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31 Dec 2004 description

The IRC's Impact

In 2004, IRC humanitarian aid programs restored hope and opportunity for more than 15 million conflict-affected individuals around the world, and millions more were helped by the 5,600 local organizations and community groups that the IRC supports. Here's a look at some of the IRC's most recent achivements:

- More than 4.3 million people gained access to clean water and sanitation through our environmental health programs.

27 Dec 2004 description

Repatriation and return movements in Liberia

UNHCR continues to assist IDPs return under the interagency collaborative framework. Thousands of IDPS have volunteered to return under the facilitated IDP/spontaneous returnee movement. During the past week, UNHCR, IOM and other partners, jointly expedited the return of 1, 356 IDPs to various towns and villages in Bo Waterside (Tewor District) and Tahn (in Gola-Konneh District). To date, 7,541 IDPs and spontaneous returnees have been repatriated to Cape Mount County since the launch of the IDP return exercise, on 8 November 2004.

20 Dec 2004 description


This is the third and last issue for 2004 of this report prepared by the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) on the food supply situation and cereal import and food aid requirements for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is designed to provide the latest analysis and information on the food situation in these countries to governments, international organizations and other institutions engaged in humanitarian operations.

17 Dec 2004 description

(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Azerbaijan, (3) Iran

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Ethiopia, (4) Kenya, (5) Republic of Congo, (6) Rwanda, (7) Sudan, (8) Tanzania, (9) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Cote d'Ivoire, (3) Guinea, (4) Liberia, (5) Sierra Leone

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique, (6) Namibia, (7) Swaziland, (8) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) China, (3) DPR Korea, (4) Myanmar

15 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

Diamond exporting revenues have risen about 60 per cent in post-conflict Sierra Leone, but youth unemployment is also rising, creating social tensions as the United Nations peacekeeping mission prepares to leave, a report to the Security Council from Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.

The recent upheavals in Côte d'Ivoire have also generated a flow of refugees into the neighbouring countries which threatens regional stability despite efforts to stabilize …

13 Dec 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund



10 Dec 2004 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 10 December 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

08 Dec 2004 description

Africa Report N°87


07 Dec 2004 description
report Global Witness

A briefing document submitted by Global Witness to the UN Security Council, 08 December 2004


The UN Security Council should:

07 Dec 2004 description

UNHCR Begins Verification of Ivorian refugees

UNHCR has started a two-day verification exercise of registered Ivorian refugees after some of the more than 10,000 who sought sanctuary in the country last month began returning home.

The two-day exercise is being carried out in the twelve villages that saw an influx during first three weeks of November.

In Butuo, the largest influx area, where 7,000 refugees had been registered, turnout was low on the first day of verification.

07 Dec 2004 description

MONROVIA, Liberia, Dec 7 (UNHCR) - The largest return convoy to date has left Sierra Leone for Liberia as the UN refugee agency winds down facilitated repatriation before the year-end festive season. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to help returnees achieve a good harvest for the coming year.

06 Dec 2004 description

News No. 04/144
The ICRC launched a new tracing campaign today in cooperation with the Liberia National Red Cross Society. Entitled "Help us come home," the campaign will use posters and booklets showing pictures of 343 Liberian children registered by the ICRC in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone to help to reunite the children with their families.

06 Dec 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund

The 2005 edition of UNICEF's State of the World's Children will be launched on December 9. In the weeks leading up to the launch of the report, we will feature a series of stories illustrating how poverty, conflict and HIV/AIDS affect children in their daily lives.

Albert, one of the many children in Sierra Leone who witnessed the atrocities of the civil war and were able to tell their stories to the child-friendly Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

03 Dec 2004 description
report UN News Service

The heads of the five United Nations peacekeeping and political missions in West Africa today decried attempts to derail elections in Liberia and called on the parties in Côte d'Ivoire to break the "perennial impasse" in that country's peace process.

Their statement came in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.

High-level meetings were established following a request by the Security Council for UN peace missions in the region to take concrete action towards implementing a regional approach, including pulling together UN …

03 Dec 2004 description
FAO helps war-disabled and others improve their livelihoods and play their part in community development

3 December 2004, Rome -- In Sierra Leone, where ten years of hostilities marked by the maiming of civilians have compounded the problem of disabilities, an FAO project is providing rural disabled persons with technical and business skills to contribute to their households' welfare and to the development of their communities.